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Automation Alley Swiss tenant company APAG Cosyst opens office in Madison Heights

With assistance from Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, another international company is setting up shop in Southeast Michigan. APAG Cosyst of Switzerland has moved out of Automation Alley’s International Business Center in Troy, Mich. and into a facility in Madison Heights, Mich. The company is expected to hire 13 employees for the new location, which will serve as a customer support office. In addition to the Madison Heights office, the company is also seeking a location for a manufacturing site that will eventually house 150 employees.
“We are pleased to see another one of our international tenant companies find a home in Southeast Michigan,” said Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of International Business Services. “By attracting foreign companies to our region, introducing them to potential business partners and assisting in site selection, we are driving local economic growth and helping to create new jobs in our region.”
APAG Cosyst, manufacturers and designers of electronic applications for Tier 1 and industrial customers worldwide, came to Automation Alley looking to grow their business in North America, specifically in Michigan.
“We were recently awarded a design program with a major automotive company and saw an opportunity to grow our U.S. design team quickly, which will require more people and space to accommodate them,” said Dan McGregor, APAG Cosyst vice president of sales. “APAG CoSyst LLC is extraordinarily thankful for all the support from the Automation Alley team and specifically from the International Business Center. We have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, all the perks of being an Automaton Alley member."
Automation Alley’s International Business Center, located inside Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy, Mich. provides up to 90 days of soft landing space for international companies to use as a home base while exploring opportunities to do business in Southeast Michigan.
Since 2011, Automation Alley has assisted 20 foreign companies in establishing their operations in Southeast Michigan, which has created 694 well-paying, high-value jobs for the region.
Automation Alley’s 3,200-square-foot International Business Center includes three meeting rooms with communications technology, three private offices, an open office area and convenient access to Automation Alley’s International Business Services staff.
In addition to temporary office space, tenants of the International Business Center receive assistance with site selection and introductions to potential business partners, clients and employees to jump-start their business. 
For more information about Automation Alley’s International Business Center, contact Automation Alley at 800-427-5100 or info@automationalley.com.

Advanced manufacturing workforce training center opening in Madison Heights

A new training center designed to address the advanced manufacturing skills gap throughout the region is opening in Madison Heights. The Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration is now accepting applications for its first cohort in CNC mill certification training, which it anticipates will start this December. Officials say the first two or three groups to take the class will do so free of charge, a $3,000 to $3,500 value.

As MAMC grows, it will also offer welding and industrial maintenance programs. The cohorts will be available to adults -- especially veterans, officials say -- and will eventually expand to include high school students.

"We want what we're teaching to be life-changing for our students," says Dan Gilbertson, MAMC Director of Innovative Educational Programs and Strategic Partnerships. "These are good careers, good paying jobs."

MAMC got its start at Madison High School in Madison Heights. Gilbertson is a former principal at the high school. He and his partners anticipated an industry demand for a local advanced manufacturing workforce; a suspicion that has since been confirmed, he says.

FANUC, one of the world's largest robotics companies with its North American headquarters in Rochester Hills, brought robotic equipment to the high school to get students interested in careers in advanced manufacturing. MAMC will use equipment from FANUC, along with Rockwell Automation, Lincoln Electric, and Parker Hannifin, to teach its courses.

The MAMC facility is located in the same building as Wilkinson Middle School, having converted 12,000 sq. ft. into instruction space. Gilbertson says large areas are necessary for these types of programs.

While many manufacturing jobs have left the region, Gilbertson says that there is once again a demand for a skilled advanced manufacturing workforce. They are good jobs, he says, and much safer and cleaner than the manufacturing jobs associated with the twentieth century.

Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative is located 26524 John R Rd. in Madison Heights. People are encouraged to apply online.

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Community college works with 8 companies to train nearly 700 new workers


Eight Oakland County companies will hire 693 new employees under a new training agreement with Oakland Community College.

The agreement leverages training and funds under the Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program, which enables companies working with community colleges to divert the Michigan income taxes of new employees to provide new jobs training.

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Computing Source launches full-service court reporting division

Computing Source, an all-in-one legal technology and support firm, announced the launch of the company’s new court reporting division, which will be incorporated into its existing video deposition service. Computing Source Managing Director and CEO Mark St. Peter made the announcement.

An important component of Computing Source’s presentation and trial services branch, the court reporting division provides attorneys on-demand, around-the-clock access to court reporters equipped with real-time tools allowing lawyers to review and annotate their depositions concurrently. Additionally, the added convenience of online scheduling and a secure repository will accommodate the fast-paced needs of the legal industry and allow clients to easily book a deposition and receive their transcripts quickly.  With the company’s video deposition services, they can also access the video portion on their computer or tablet via secure proprietary streaming software. The division will be led by Computing Source’s Director of Trial Services Erik Schwartz, and is rapidly recruiting and hiring qualified court reporters.

“Our mission from day one at Computing Source has been to build a seamless, sustainable and all-inclusive model that offers a solution for every single need an attorney will have at every step of their case’s lifecycle,” said St. Peter. “With the launch of our court reporting division, along with the opening of one of the Midwest’s largest secure data centers in our Madison Heights, Mich. headquarters, I am proud to say our “all-in-one, A to Z” vision is fully realized. With his extensive courtroom experience and presentation expertise, Erik is the perfect person to lead this division.”

Schwartz, who initially partnered with Computing Source as a trial presentation consultant before eventually joining the company and being promoted to his current role, is responsible for launching the court reporting division in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago, as well as driving its day-to-day operations. Schwartz has more than 10 years of experience working in the litigation support field, is an NCRA credentialed trial presentation consultant, and holds a paralegal certification from Boston University. He has participated in more than 75 trials in over 25 courthouses across the country.

“The court reporting division has been in the works for a long time at Computing Source, and today, we are thrilled to announce that it is ready to go,” said Schwartz. “With the addition of this service, Computing Source is the only company in the Midwest region who gives our partners one number to call for every vendor need they will have during the lifecycle of their case.”

In addition to court reporting, Computing Source’s team offers an extensive variety of services for the Midwest legal community, including investigative and forensics, production and discovery, professional services and presentation and trial support. As a result of its commitment to building an “all-in-one” model, Computing Source has experienced incredible growth throughout the last two and a half years, including the hiring of more than 100 professionals, the opening of new offices in Chicago, Grand Rapids and now Indianapolis, the doubling of services, and the acquisitions of both Evidence Express, a demonstrative evidence and trial graphics firm, as well as MuniDeals, a company that supports the needs of municipal finance attorneys.

For more information, please visit Computing Source’s new website at www.computingsource.com.
About Computing Source:
Madison Heights, Mich.-based Computing Source is a trusted, all-in-one legal technology and support solution for law firms in the Midwest, with additional locations in Detroit, Birmingham, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Chicago and Indianapolis. The company specializes in everything a legal professional needs from file to trial, including electronic discovery, computer forensics, copy/scan/print services, expert testimony, trial technology services, demonstrative evidence and trial boards, paralegal on-call support, high-tech court reporting, fixed price meet and consulting, and more. CEO and Managing Director Mark St. Peter is a leading computer expert with more than three decades of experience, specializing in computer fraud, spoliation and more. For more information, please visit www.computingsource.com.

Triune Specialty Trailers grows through client diversity

Triune Speciality Trailers relied on a select number of clients for revenue during most of its first decade in business. More recently, the Madison Heights-based firm made a conscious effort to expand its clientele, which has resulted in it tripling in size over the last three years.
"We have a much more diverse client base that we used to have," says Harry Kurtz, president & CEO of Triune Specialty Trailers. "We also have a lot of business in Canada, which is exciting to us."

The 10-year-old company specializes in making state-of-the-art specialty trailers. It products now include designing and building trailers for mobile marketing, educational outreach, and custom trailers.

Triune Specialty Trailers' growth has allowed it to hire three people over the last year, expanding its staff to 15 employees and an intern. Its new hires include a couple of office administration workers and a welder.

"We would hire more if we could find more welders," Kurtz says.

One of Triune Specialty Trailers’ biggest successes over the last year is its Fab Lab mobile education and training vehicle. The Fab Lab is a mobile training classroom for training students in high-tech machining careers, such as computer numerical controlled programmers. Triune Specialty Trailers designed and created the Fab Lab for the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and North Central Michigan College to help create more skilled professionals to fill openings for skilled machinist positions.

"It's a big issue, especially in Michigan," Kurtz says.

Source: Harry Kurtz, president & CEO of Triune Specialty Trailers
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Clinics help golfers improve their game

Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCP) is offering golfers the opportunity to improve their game with putting, chipping and pitching clinics.
The clinics will be offered at OCP’s five golf courses throughout April and May and will be conducted by OCP Golf Instructor Al Urpsis. Instruction includes:
  • Putting clinic – Covers grip, proper technique, alignment and reading the greens. Participants need to bring their putter.
  • Chipping Clinic- Covers grip, proper technique, stroke and alignment. Participants need to bring their pitching wedge.
  • Pitching Clinic – Covers grip, proper technique, stroke and alignment. Participants need to bring their pitching or sand wedge. 
The clinics are $15 each; $25 for two; or $36 for three. Check DestinationOakland.com for times, dates and location.
The OCP golf courses are located throughout the county:
Glen Oaks: 30500 Thirteen Mile Road, Farmington Hills, 248.851.8356
Lyon Oaks: 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, 248.437.1488
Red Oaks: 29600 John R. Road Madison Heights, 248.541.5030
Springfield Oaks: 12450 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, 248.634.2261
White Lake Oaks: 991 Williams Lake Road White Lake, 248.698.2700
Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @DestinationOak.

Rising market for aluminum body vehicles spurs new bonding technology


Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a German-based company with facilities in Madison Heights and Warren, and auto supplier Novelis, with offices in Novi, today announced a partnership to develop advanced bonding technologies for the use of aluminum in vehicles. 

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Stuart Mechanical aims to hit $5.5M in revenue in 2015

Stuart Mechanical has made some big strides in revenue generation since its launch in 2011.

The Madison Heights-based HVAC firm has gone from zero revenue to in excess of $4 million in a few short years. It is now taking aim at crossing another big milestone.

"I'm going to be nipping at the heels of $5 million in 2014," says Ray Barnowske, vice president and manager of operations for Stuart Mechanical. "The growth has been tremendous."

He would like to see the company’s revenue hit between $5.5 million and $6 million in 2015. That seems possible since the firm has added a construction department and is taking on big projects like The Albert luxury apartment renovation in downtown Detroit.

Stuart Mechanical has also grown its staff significantly since its launch. The company started with 10 employees. Today it has 30 employees and the occasional intern. It has hired four people, such as service technicians, this year, and is looking to add a few more in early 2015.

"We're always looking," Barnowski says.

Source: Ray Barnowske, vice president & manager of operations for Stuart Mechanical
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Chinese auto supplier to invest $15.1M, hire 176 in new Madison Heights plant


Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric Co. Ltd. is establishing a North American operations in Madison Heights.

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Supplier Software changes name to Xeeva, Inc.

Supplier Software Inc., a global provider of next generation, intelligent procurement solutions, today announced that the company has changed its name to Xeeva. The company also announced it has been spun out as an entirely independent entity from its former parent company Netlink, Inc., an award-winning services company with 15 years’ experience in the procurement and financial software space. Xeeva’s vision is to take that experience and drive the development and delivery of the next generation of intelligent procurement and financial solutions.

“More than a name change, Xeeva represents our promise to deliver immediate and sustainable financial and operational results to our clients through innovative technology and value add services,” said Dilip Dubey, Founder and CEO of Xeeva. “Launching Xeeva as an independent entity is the natural next step in the growth of the company, which on day one becomes one of the largest procurement and financial technology companies in the indirect spend and MRO space,” said Dubey.

Xeeva’s embedded intelligence technology is an industry first and supports the full life-cycle of indirect procurement including sourcing, procure to pay (P2P), eInvoicing, supplier collaboration and extended enterprise processes such as inventory management. Apart from other P2P software companies, Xeeva also has rich, value- add professional services depth it can bring to bear to help clients unlock even greater value from their technology investments.

“Indirect P2P solutions can deliver tremendous return on investment for private and public-sector organizations through improved compliance to contracts, quicker order processing cycle times and better adherence to budget,” said Deborah Wilson, Research Vice President at Gartner in the June 2, 2104 report, Build a Compelling Procurement Business Case for Indirect Procure-to-Pay Technology. “Gartner sized the indirect P2P market at $824 million in 2013. This size validates the broad appeal of indirect P2P solutions,” continued Wilson.

For more information please visit www.xeeva.com/ .

About Xeeva
Xeeva is driving the development and delivery of the next generation of intelligent cloud procurement and financial solutions for indirect spend and MRO. Xeeva’s technology is used in over 40 countries and is available in 18 languages. The company’s technology suite includes Sourcing, Procure to Pay, Supplier Collaboration, Financial Collaboration and Extended Enterprise solutions. You can learn more about Xeeva’s focus on driving immediate and sustainable results for its customers by visiting www.xeeva.com/ .

SnowEx to host national 'Salt Summit'

SnowEx, a leading manufacturer of snow and ice management equipment, will host the Snow and Ice Management Association’s (SIMA’s) Salt Summit at its Madison Heights, Michigan, facility on August 26, 2014. More than 100 industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend this event to examine issues and discuss innovative ideas to address their challenges.
This year’s Salt Summit will focus on the salt supply issue that greatly affected snow and ice management professionals nationwide during the winter of 2013-2014, as well as overarching salt efficiency and sustainability concerns. The event will feature presentations from leading industry experts, SnowEx innovations in “salt smart” technology, and round table discussions to explore cutting-edge solutions for increasing salt efficiency in winter maintenance.
“SIMA’s Salt Summit is a perfect fit for us,” said Barry Truan, Vice President of Marketing for SnowEx. “We’re a leading manufacturer of winter maintenance equipment, and we’re located in the center of snow and ice country. Registration for the event was filled within two weeks, which shows the seriousness with which the industry regards the issue of salt efficiency and its commitment to addressing the most pressing concerns.”
The Salt Summit sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Some of the scheduled presentations include the evolution of the SnowEx brand, SIMA salt survey results, liquid ice management strategies and salt application rate standards, in addition to problem-solving breakout sessions in the afternoon.  For more information, visit www.sima.org.
SnowEx is a brand of TrynEx International, LLC, a division of Douglas Dynamics, LLC. Other TrynEx brands include TurfEx turf care equipment and SweepEx rotary and push brooms. For more information, contact TrynEx International, 531 Ajax Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071, call 800-725-8377 or 248-586-3500, fax 248-586-3501, e-mail info@trynexfactory.com or visit www.snowexproducts.com.

TerraYebo aims to license technology to larger clients

Phase 1 for TerraYebo consisted of getting its fundraising software on the market. The second phase is about licensing it.

"We are in Phase 2," says Michele Favoretto, founder & CEO of TerraYebo. "We have launched the technology and we are preparing to license it to larger-scale clients."

The Madison Heights-based startup's principal product is MyInchofTheEarth.com, a micro-funding platform for nonprofits. Users of the software can claim a virtual inch of the earth or ocean. The platform allows the user to share why that place is important and choose a nonprofit that supports the preservation or enhancement of that place. That way the giver's life experience at a certain place, like a university or park, inspires them to give to that institution.

TerraYebo has landed a number of larger nonprofits on its client roster, including Autism Speaks, the National Park Foundation, and The Pink Fund, among others. The startup and its team of five, up one from earlier this year, has steadily been enhancing the software to make it more dynamic for users.

"That allowed us to bring on these larger nonprofits this year," Favoretto says. "We are rolling out new features every two weeks."

TerraYebo has also received another investment from Automation Alley worth $75,000. The startup has raised $650,000 in seed capital, with half of that coming from the Troy-based business accelerator.

Source: Michele Favoretto, founder & CEO of TerraYebo
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Madison Heights high school students complete paid summer internship with GM

The City of Madison Heights, together with the 10 Madison High school students hired by General Motors as part of GM’s Student Corps, is pleased to announce the completion of their summer paid internship. The student leaders were selected based upon their GPA, academics, leadership potential, school activities and show of enthusiasm for the job.

The Madison High School team is one of the 11 participating in the GM Student Corps in what started as a summer employment program. The inaugural GM Student Corps was introduced in May 2013 by General Motors North American President Mark Reuss who stressed the program was also set up to include community service, education and mentoring.

GM retirees were also recruited and assigned to each team to provide the leadership and mentoring component. The two GM retirees assigned to the Madison High School Team were Ron Pniewski and Greg Rice. Under their leadership and guidance, the Madison High School students decided to spruce up Rosie’s Park, a neighborhood park in close proximity to their high school. The students were responsible for managing every aspect of the park renovation; from budgeting, planning and carrying out the project to completion. The extensive renovation included; painting and replacing boards on the bleachers, complete clean-up and overhaul of fallen wood & other debris around the Rosie’s Woods trail, adding new picnic tables, painting the exterior of the shelter building and doors, removing graffiti, adding a dog waste dispenser, fence repairs, new swing set structure, new recycling Kirby carts, and much more. The official ten week internship started in mid-June and ended in mid-August. GM paid for the entire cost of the project including; materials, lunch and even transportation.

The students also took the other days to take trips to Focus Hope, Junior Achievement “Financial Park”, GM’s Tech Center, GM’s Assembly plant and the University of Detroit Mercy’s campus to learn life skills such as career development, banking, health and safety.

TerraYebo creates new fundraising platform for non-profits

A Madison Heights-based start-up believes it has a new way to harness large amounts of new capital for the non-profit world.

TerraYebo's MyInchofTheEarth.com is a micro-funding site for nonprofits that enables users to claim any virtual inch of the earth or ocean, share why that place is important, and choose a nonprofit that either supports the preservation of that place or a nonprofit that does good in the world. The idea is to let people's life experiences at different institutions (such as their alma mater) or places (a national park) prompt them to give small amounts to non-profits that fund them.

"Our philosophy is a little bit of money from a lot of people can change the direction of the world," says Dan Glisky, president of TerraYebo. "It allows a user to own their own experience and it inspires people to give. When organizers send mail it doesn't really inspire people to give."

Organizations that have already signed up for MyInchofTheEarth.com as a fundraising platform include The National Park Foundation, CURE International, VH1 Save the Music, Veterans of Foreign War Foundation and The Pink Fund.

"We're solving a major issue for a lot of non-profits in how they get funded," Glisky says. He adds that TerraYebo's platform is "going to allow non-profits to get sustainable funding."

The 3-year-old company has recently doubled its staff to four people, including adding Glisky to its executive team. Previously he served as the CEO and co-founder of Digital 10 Media, a digital-out-of-home media company. Glisky will oversee the national rollout of MyInchofTheEarth.com, which is currently going through a soft launch.

Source: Dan Glisky, president of TerraYebo
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

13 local companies receive Automation Alley award to train new, incumbent workers

Thirteen Southeast Michigan companies will be awarded a portion of $750,000 for technical training of both new and incumbent workers through the Automation Alley Technical Talent Development Program (TTDP) Challenge Fund. 
After being awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in 2012, Automation Alley – Michigan’s largest technology business association – established a goal to create 540 new jobs and retain 460 employees in Southeast Michigan through the TTDP. The grant includes the $750,000 Challenge Fund, available to Automation Alley member companies with immediate IT training needs.
“As recipients of the TTDP Challenge Fund Award, these 13 local companies will be contributing to our mission to support existing high-tech companies and create new jobs,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “By helping local companies attract and retain a talented workforce, Automation Alley’s talent initiatives are contributing to the future success of our region.” 
The Automation Alley TTDP Challenge Fund Award winners include:
• Reply, Inc., Auburn Hills
• BTR Associates, LLC, Bingham Farms 
• Secure-24, Southfield
• GalaxE.Solutions, Detroit
• Beaumont Health Systems, Troy
• Critical Signal Technologies, Farmington Hills
• Kyyba, Inc., Farmington Hills
• Coil Group, Rochester
• Lee Industrial Contracting, Pontiac
• Delphi Automotive PLC, Auburn Hills
• Gonzalez Production Systems, Madison Heights
• Merrill Technologies, Sterling Heights
• Monroe Engineering Products, Auburn Hills
Companies were notified of their awards March 14 and are expected to begin training new and incumbent workers within 60 days of notification.
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives. 
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.
For additional information, visit automationalley.com.
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